Following up on October 6, 2020 news that Blizzard Entertainment had filed to trademark Diablo Immortal in several countries in October 1, the United Kingdom is now the second country to approve and register the Diablo Immortal trademark.
After BlizzConline ended, Wyatt Cheng hopped into Reddit to answer a few questions and to address the “No Release Date” feedback circulating around the community.
The BlizzConline 2021: Diablo II: Resurrected Press Q&A was held privately over ZOOM on Friday, February 19 at 8pm EST.
The event was moderated by Eddiemae from TriplePoint. In attendance were Robert Gallerani (principal designer at Vicarious Visions) and Matthew Cederquist (game producer at Blizzard Entertainment).
The Diablo Immortal Press Q&A was a privately held ZOOM meeting hosted by Cassandra Reynoso (Blizzard Global PR/moderator), Kristopher Zierhut (technical game designer) and Caleb Arseneaux (lead game producer).
There were 11 press/fansite outlet representative invitees in the Q&A held on Saturday, February 20, 2021 at 2pm EST.
Several gaming sites and fansites were invited to a private Zoom call with two Diablo 4 developers to discuss details of the new Rogue class. Below you can read through some of the non-verbatim highlights of the Q&A.
Developers: Careena Kingdom (lead animator) and Joseph Piepiora (lead systems designer).
Vicarious Visions posted a new job opening for a Cinematic Layout Artist. They specify requirement for Blizzard familiarity. The highlights that caught my eye indicate they might be in post-production. That usually means they are wrapping up final stages.
Vicarious Visions is looking for a Cinematic Layout Artist. Specifically asks:
- Familiarity with Blizzard titles.
- Proficient with post-production software.
- Cinematic animations in-engine.
- Staging Motion Capture data to craft effective character animations.
- Working closely with the Cinematic Leads developing, defining, and maintaining high-end Hollywood-caliber cutscenes and real-time cinematic content.
The Blizzard Tech Support site out of the blue updated the Diablo 4 Beta Access page 11 hours ago. Merely 3 days before BlizzConline 2021. Coincidence?
Right off the bat. This is bordering between wild speculation and a longshot.
The BlizzConline schedule seems to only have room for two Diablo games on Day 1. It could be Diablo 4 and Diablo Immortal. Or it could be Diablo 4 and D2R announcement — leaving Diablo Immortal out as Blizzard did in BlizzCon 2019.
I will lay out both possible scenarios.
The BlizzConline 2021 schedule is now available and from the Blizzard Channel we can see that Diablo is intended to be the main dish of the event.
For Friday, the Blizzard Channel focuses mainly on one World of Warcraft panel, one Overwatch 2 panel and two Diablo panels.
The Chinese National Press and Publication Administration (NPPA) approved the publication of Diablo Immortal. This will certainly speed up testing and launch of the game in China.
Thanks, RedOctober & MrMesli